I Shouldn’t Like This Song

by Jon Frazier

I shouldn’t like this song. I tend to be a bit of a snob, about everything, and as I’ve previously stated, I listen to WFNX (Indie/Alt rock out of Boston) almost exclusively. But I do land on a “Pop Bubblegum Trash”  station once in a while, when I’m desperate or stuck in northern Maine (oddly, these events usually coincide). The last time I listened to one of these stations, I heard “Price Tag,” by Jessie J feat. B.o.B.

Now, I shouldn’t like this song.  It’s got everything I hate — someone talking on the track before the song even starts; lyrics tell me to look left and right, but don’t tell me what I’m looking for; and a “feat.” guest whose initials spell a first name. I could go on. The song uses “Ch-ching,” and “bling,”  words that inherently annoy the crap out of me. “Price Tag” is the definition of the “Platitudinous Tripe” I tore apart last week.

However, I found myself addicted to this song. I didn’t even know who the artist was, but the song stuck with me. It’s fun, and the lyrics do make sense — an important selling point, for me. She has a unique sound, allowing her British accent to come though while singing. And while she doesn’t quite match the talent of real life schoolmate Adele, “Price Tag” is an appealing alternative to Lady Gaga’s new single, the braying and nonsensical “Judas.”  I didn’t go out and buy the album, but I listened to the song when it came on. Then I found Jessie J featured on Out Magazine’s 2011 Hot List, which piqued my interest again and gave me a little information on who I was listening to.

So maybe it’s the anglophile in me that loves this song. Maybe it’s the filmmaker — I can see the chorus on the last 20 seconds of a cheesy romantic comedy trailer by next Valentine’s Day. Maybe my inner snob wants to break out once in a while. Whatever it’s all about, I’m going to go ahead and say Jessie J is pretty cool.